Bill Roberts is our school of choice and our neighborhood school. We have been there for 6 years with a middle school student and a younger student. We have been impressed with the instruction, individualization and professionalism at the school. The Friday afternoon PLC has truly unified the school. Staff work on being better teachers and educators, hence helping our children reach their learning potential. They are addressing cutting edge, "best practices" approaches to education. The principle provides good leadership and vision of excellence for the staff and students. In addition, the preschool through 8th grade model is magical! All the teachers know all middle school students and their parents. It is more individualized than most middle schools. The students know one another very well and learn to get along with one another, regardless of background. Middle schoolers generally act much nicer, supportive, caring and helpful when constantly around younger students. Our middle schoolers aren't trying to be high schoolers at 12, they act their age and are helpful to the rest of the school.
We have been a part of the Bill Roberts community for 5 years, ECE-3 - second grade. Every school has its challenges and Bill Roberts is no exception - it has supported the tremendous growth of the Stapleton community, while maintaining its focus on growing the whole child. Beyond the amazing teachers, we have an award winning library, upgraded technology to support education, lots of specials and enrichment activities, all kids get weekly Spanish, an amazing holiday outreach, a spring art show, a community 5k fund raiser, a spring carnival, ... just to name a few of my family's favorite things!
We have had eight teachers, plus all of the specials teachers, and I am impressed and grateful every day for their creativity, energy, intelligence and true caring. We love the sense of community at this school and have seen each of our three children's needs met for advanced education.
Bill Roberts is a warm and inclusive school. The teachers are outstanding and every child benefits from PE, art, drama, library, Spanish and music. I couldn't ask for more in a school.
My school is a classic K-8 with very good teachers and community. It provides continuity for my kids all the way to 8th grade when everything else changes rapidly in their world.
My 3 kids have been at Bill Roberts from ECE through middle school. While no school is for everyone, I have found my kids' experience at Bill Roberts to be outstanding. The teachers are stellar, and the entire staff, administration and teachers, is always working hard to make the school even better for its students, and that includes the middle school. I find the school's focus on the development of the whole child particularly effective at preparing its students for high school and life after Bill Roberts.
I have a kindergartner and student in ECE at William Bill Roberts K-8 School and I could not be more pleased with a school. The teachers have always gone above and beyond for my children. I even had an experience where my kids was getting made fun of and the principal stepped right in (without me asking) and solved the issue. I think your children would be very happy at this school.
William Roberts Middle School has been an exceptional experience for my child. After transferring from another middle school, we feel lucky to be here. My child feels safe and is growing academically. He loves his classes and teachers. My neighbor went to Roberts and is now taking honors classes as a freshman in high school.
The elementary and 6th grade part of the school is good but the 7th and 8th grade part is terrible. The kids never get extra help in the subjects they struggle with and the teachers don't treat the kids that well. There are always fights and bullying going on. The school also does not do a very good job preparing kids for highschool. The school also only cares about test scores and tcap. The students who struggle also get made fun of by teachers. Honestly the middle school part of the school needs some work and maybe more professional teachers.
I am the parent of a middle schooler at Bill Roberts. I can't imagine a finer middle school experience for a student or parent who wants a small school environment with many of the options of a comprehensive high school. As an educator myself, I am impressed by the teachers' depth of knowledge and their ability to create rigorous and engaging lessons. The middle school is primarily project based and places a lot of the onus on students for their learning. My son is identified as both gifted and on an IEP. I have found the special education teacher to be exemplary. She gets middle schoolers and knows how to relate to them. I am positive that she is one of the top special educators in DPS. Additionally, the teachers and the focus on project-based learning is right in the wheelhouse of gifted students. In addition to the school providing an excellent education, they provide many opportunities for students to be well-rounded learners through their extracurricular and enrichment activities. There are plenty of clubs and sports for students to join as well. My husband and I wish that we could have attended a middle school as engaging as Bill Roberts.
I am the parent of a new kindergartner. The teachers are awesome and very easy to communicate. We can get all the information in time either from the class website or by emails. I also love the school uniform policy to make us survive in the crazy busy morning, especially when you have 2 girls. Thanks, Bill Roberts!
Amazing teachers. Parental involvement. Nice kids. This is truly a neighborhood school. My kids have been there for three years and I couldn't be happier.
The administration of the school has taken the school in a new direction that is not necessarily in the best interest of the students. The primary focus at the school is keeping test scores high at the expense of student creativity and expression. This school could be so much more based on the population of kids who attend the school. The administration has instead focused on new rigid school policies and a uniform policy to promote equality in a school full of middle class white kids. Many of the teachers are leaving the school next year to teach at other schools, some of which were the most talented innovative teachers at the school, because the administration drove them out of the school. The school has become a top down model which has had a negative impact on school environment and overall teacher satisfaction. I wish the school administration worried more about inspiring student creativity, school safety (the drop off situation at the school is dangerous) and a positive work environment for the teachers. Test score aren't everything people. These kids will always have high test scores w/o the need to pile on the homework and rote practice. They can be so much more.
The first day I dropped my child off at Bill Roberts for kindergarten, I was petrified. It is a pretty huge building. What I didn't realize was with-in that BIG school are SMALL classes led by warm/nurturing and extremely talented professionals. It's an incredible environment for learning. Bill Roberts is full of motivated teachers who want to be there, and who work intensely hard to educate our children. I am routinely in awe of what these talented teachers are capable of. Kids at this school are confident and happy. They have intense school spirit from day one and have a worldly view, very, very young. I've learned a big building is nothing to be afraid of. If your kids is there for before or after school care (which also is top notch at Bill Roberts!), you'll appreciate the size of the place, and all of the "specials" it has. The parents at this school are great, too. Loads of smart, talented, unpretentious people to chat with at drop offs and pick ups.
My children are having a wonderful experience at Bill Roberts. The teachers are incredibly invested in the students academic and emotional growth.
William Roberts School has always been focused on what is best for the individual child both from the point of view of the teachers and administration. It breaks my heart that parents choose to take their children to neighboring DSST, and are unwilling to check out what occurs upstairs in the older grades. The administration and teachers have done an outstanding job working with any and every student that walks through their doors and making sure that child receives a challenging academic program and a social/emotional environment that supports their individual development. I am proud to have my children at William Roberts.
Parent involvement and support is exceptional. Excellent community. Good teachers but it seems as if there isn't enough cohesion from classroom to classroom. Very lacking principal that seems to be constantly putting out fires and reacting instead of being proactive.
Unique, accepting, encouraging and supportive for the parents and students.
The 6th-8th grade is completely neglected! If you drive by on any given day and look at the dynamics of the kids outside, you will notice that the younger kids are all 'neighborhood' kids and the older kids are the stepchildren that are choiced in (and/or bussed in). What a HUGE difference the upstairs of that school is compared to the lower level where all the neighborhood kids are. Our experience = no one really pushes for anything in those high grades bc their little johnny or suzy aren't in those grades and all the overcrowding in the lower yrs creates havoc on the older kids, up stairs. The focus of music, PE, space, etc is on the young ones. +, in the 6th, neighborhood kids choice to DSST or dif. schools (they get OUT of there!)
This is a neighborhood school that has strong parent support. Unfortunately, it is often characterized as a great school because of the families who want it to be a great school. When one digs a bit deeper, what unfolds is a principal who is unfocused and not able to drive the school toward any particular objective. The leadership of the school attempts to please all, and, because of this, nothing dynamic is accomplished. Most kids come in with a lot of parental support but the school programming (and leadership of the school) is not able to move these children into excellence.
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